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BMW F 700 GS (800cc Twin, 2012-2018) Maintenance Schedule and Service Intervals

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This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the BMW F 700 GS, the update to the F 650 GS (twin). The BMW F 700 GS was launched in mid 2012.

Like its predecessor, the F 700 GS is the smaller, road-going sibling to the bigger, more adventure-focused F 800 GS.

The BMW F 700 GS is still powered by a 798cc parallel twin with a 360 degree offset, giving the twin a lumpy idle that’s reminiscent of the bigger boxer engines, as well as (according to BMW) giving it a “unique” power characteristic.

In the F 700 GS, the engine makes 55 kW (75 hp) of peak power at 7,300 rpm, up from the 52 kW (71 hp) @ 7,000 rpm in the F 650 GS, but still down from the F 800GS.

The BMW F 700 GS is higher spec and power than the outgoing F 650 GS, but still lower spec than the F 800 GS. It still is lower weight, shorter, and cheaper.

Like the F 800 GS, the F 700 GS was updated in Jul 2016 with throttle by wire. However, the maintenance schedule is the same other than lubing the throttle cable.

In 2018-19, the F 700 GS was replaced with the higher-spec BMW F 750 GS, which received an all-new larger 853 cc motor.

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What you need to service the BMW F 700 GS

To service your BMW F 700 GS, you need the following consumable parts. There’s a lot in common with the BMW F 800 GS but some are different (I mean there’s only one brake rotor…).

PartBMW F 700 GS part spec
OilBMW recommends using BMW Advantec Pro 15W-50, their own brand, but you can use other 15W-50 synthetic oils of high quality.
Oil filterThe standard oil filter is BMW part 11 42 8 409 567, which is equivalent to Hiflofiltro HF160RC.
Air filterBMW part number 13 71 8 529 998, which is equivalent to Hiflofiltro HFA7913.
Spark plugThe standard spark plug is an NGK DCPR8E per the manual. BMW part number is 12 12 7 690 603.
Brake fluidUse DOT 4 brake fluid, e.g. Castrol DOT 4, or you can get BMW part number 83 13 2 445 461 for the official stuff
Brake padsPart numbers for the brake pads are 34 11 7 705 216 for the front brake pads (you need just 1 ) and 34 21 7 722 884 for the rear.
Cable lubricantUse Protect all cable life to lubricate moving cables.
General greaseUse a lithium soap-based grease for external pivot points like the kickstand etc.
BMW F 700 GS maintenance bits and pieces

Maintenance schedule for the BMW F 700 GS

Below is the maintenance schedule for the BMW F 700 GS. It has been adapted to be a little easier to read and to fit this screen.

We’ve omitted the “running in” check as we assume your F 700 GS is no longer new.

The schedule is quite similar to the contemporaneous F 800 GS, except for not having to change the oil in the forks.

km x 10000.5-1.2102030405060708090100
mi x 10000.3-0.756121824303642485460Every
BMW running-in checkX
Standard BMW service (see below)Year
Engine oil change with filterXXXXXXXXXXYear (a)
Check valve clearanceXXXXX
Replace all spark plugsXX
Replace air filter insertXXXXX
Check or replace the air filter elementXXXXXXXXXXYear (b)
Change brake fluid in entire systemYear, then 2 years (c)
BMW F 700 GS maintenance schedule

Footnotes

  • a Annually or every 10,000 km (6,000 mi), whichever comes first
  • b when used off road, annually or every 10,000 km (6,000 mi), whichever comes first
  • c First after one year, then ever two years

Standard BMW service — BMW F 700 GS

Below is the standard scope of service. The schedule says you have to do this every 12 months.

Notes:

  • [D] means items that a dealer does.
  • [CT] is for pre mid-2016 models that have a cable throttle.
BMW Standard scope of service — BMW F 700 GS
[D] Performing vehicle test using the BMW Motorrad diagnostic system (MoDiTeC)
Check coolant level
Check/adjust clutch play
[CT] Check freedom of movement of the throttle cable (if fitted) and check for kinks and chafing
Check the front/rear brake fluid level
Check the front/rear brake pads and brake discs for wear
Visually inspect the brake lines, brake hoses, and connections
Check the tyre pressure and tread depth
Check and lubricate the chain drive
Check side stand for ease of movement
Check centre stand for ease of movement (when fitted)
Check the steering-head bearing
Check the lighting and signal system
Check the engine start suppression works
Perform final inspection and road safety check
[D] Set the service date and remaining distance to service
Check charging state of battery
[D] Confirm the BMW service in the vehicle literature
BMW F 700 GS – standard scope of service

About the BMW F 700 GS

The BMW F 700 GS is the update to the BMW F 650 GS (the parallel twin one with the detuned 798cc engine). Like the F 650 GS twin, the F 700 GS has a name that doesn’t correlate directly to the engine capacity of 798cc.

It’s still positioned as the more easy-going, road-going F 800 GS. It’s not an adventure bike, though it will of course handle anywhere that you can take an upright standard with street tyres. Some call it a “soft roader”, much like an SUV.

The concept is still the same — a F 800 GS but with a detuned engine and some lower-spec but cheaper components.

In the F 700 GS, the 798cc engine makes a peak of 55 kW (75 hp) at 7,300 rpm, compared to the contemporary F 800 GS’s peak power of 63 kW (85 hp). It’s not a huge drop, and for the kind of riders that buy the F 700 GS, barely noticeable.

Because the F 700 GS has a shorter gear ratio, the F 700 GS has a livelier feel than the outgoing F 650 GS.

One important update on the F 700 GS is double disc brakes – the same set of brakes found in the F 800 GS. The F 650 GS twin had only a single front disc brake.

You can also get Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) as a standard feature in the F 700 GS — a very high-tech feature for a more budget bike.

Other changes in the F 700 GS vs the more expensive F 800 GS are:

  • Cast wheels, the front wheel being a smaller 19 inch front wheel, vs the 21 inch spoked front wheel of the F 800 GS
  • Conventional “right way up” fork, vs the USD fork in the F 800 GS
  • Steel handlebar (F 800 GS has aluminium)
  • Lower ride height
  • Lower weight (just 5 kg/11lb)
  • Cheaper!

The fact that the F 700 GS is cheaper and that most people tend to use the big adventure bikes as road commuters means that it was a popular choice.

In mid 2016, BMW updated the F 700 GS to give it ride by wire, as well as two basic ride modes (Rain and Road). Apart from lacking a throttle cable to lube, maintenance remained the same.

The F 700 GS was eventually replaced by the F 750 GS, borrowing the engine from its bigger sibling the F 850 GS (but similarly, just detuning it).

Tyres on the BMW F 700 GS

The BMW F 700 GS ships standard with the following tyre sizes and pressures.

WheelTyre sizeTyre pressure (cold)
Front110/80-R192.2-2.5 bar (32-36 psi) (one-up to 2-up/with luggage)
Rear140/80-R172.5-2.9 bar (36-42 psi) (one-up to 2-up/with luggage)
BMW F 700 GS tyre sizes and pressures

Manual for the BMW F 700 GS

The maintenance schedule for the BMW F 700 GS came from the rider’s manuals for different years.

You can download the user manuals directly from BMW’s website here.

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